On the Block

Old New Bedford

The former whaling center was recently recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

By Vanessa Parks
March 13, 2011

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37 Morelands Terrace

Square footage 5,000

Lot size 15,400

Bedrooms 7

Baths 2 full, 2 half

2011 taxes $5,947

Last sold for $23,500 in 1965

PROS Beautiful homes abound in New Bedford’s historic areas at comparatively low prices. This grand Colonial Revival’s many lovely details include a scrolled brass door handle regarded as the signature of local architect Nat Smith. There’s also original leaded glass in the home and a gorgeous built-in china cabinet in the dining room. A fireplace and bookshelves anchor the double-size living room. Rooflines create enchanting angles in the upstairs bedrooms. CONS The kitchen has 1980s cabinets. The blue exterior would be softened with a different trim paint. CONTACT Diana Henry, Diana Henry Realty, New Bedford, 508-997-6250


15 Arnold Place

Square footage 5,416

Lot size 6,480 square feet

Bedrooms 6

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $4,778

Last sold for $415,000 in 2008

PROS Love old homes? Prepare to salivate. Two Boston designers renovated this Victorian for themselves. From the front door, three wonderfully ornamented archways are visible, one framing the staircase, which has an unusual curved base. Subtle gilding was restored on the living room mantel, where beads of gold accentuate carvings. A recent remodel added a Wolf gas range in the kitchen and bold period colors. But sensitive to preservation, the owners kept the old tile and sturdy fixtures in the guest bathroom. CONS The bedroom used as a master has no closet, though the owners have turned an adjoning bedroom into a dressing area. CONTACT Bette Hamilton, Olde Dartmouth Sotheby’s International Realty, South Dartmouth, 508-996-6562,


52 Ash Street

Square footage 8,497

Lot size 21,129 square feet

Bedrooms 8

Baths 4 full, 2 half

2011 taxes $8,894

Last sold for $440,000 in 2004

PROS This home, perhaps the city’s largest single-family, transports you to a time when whaling made New Bedford one of the world’s richest cities. The vast foyer features stunning tiger-oak floors and walls. Two parlors hark back to a time when women retired to one, men to another. The staircase is so vast that a butler’s pantry is located beneath it. The circa 1884 home’s restoration preserved loads of great original details, including massive marble bathtubs, one with brass whales as faucet handles. CONS There’s no garage. CONTACT Marc Leblanc, Jack Conway and Co., New Bedford, 508-326-4101,

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